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52 Ratings


Directed by Grant Scicluna
Australia, 2015


James has served time for drowning a little boy when he was a child, although the body was never found. A visit from his victim’s mother upon parole sends him on a quest to find the truth. With little time and danger at every turn, James risks his freedom and his life to uncover a trail of sins.

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Downriver Directed by Grant Scicluna

Awards & Festivals

Asia Pacific Screen Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actor

Australian Film Critics Association Awards

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Supporting Actress

What are people saying?

  • Kevin's rating of the film Downriver

    Scores of movies show gayness; the main story, the story of one character, or part of a movie. Downriver is violent. The hazards relentless, the violence whether actual or potential or historical or approaching or just happened is omnipresent, the movie sometimes hard to watch, even with Kerry Fox. The violence evokes a negative visceral, the film on its terms a success.

  • Semaj Hatcher's rating of the film Downriver

    This movie is far by the best thriller that i have ever laid eyes on. Mysterious actions keep you wondering all within the film and there is never a dull moment. This film setting in undeniably intriguing, he way the story is being to;d could be classified as muddy and patchy because you never fully understand anything thats going on. I will say that i feel as if the main theme of the film is cliche and a common one.

  • Wyatt69's rating of the film Downriver

    I appreciated the complexity of the characters There was a lot of unnecessary licentiousness that did not seem to contribute to the story. Furthermore, the story lacked an actual resolution. I am beginning to wonder if these foreign directors are too lazy to put any effort into a conclusion or what. That's traditionally the whole point of putting together any piece of art, but what do I know.

  • Richard Tines's rating of the film Downriver

    A semi-subtle and ambiguous film shot through with scenes of cold sex and brutal violence, but also some warm interpersonal connections...the filmaking can be interesting at times, as the scenes can bleed and blur into one another. Digs into the causes and effects and influences that make us do the things we do, in this morally grey (in the case of this movie, dark grey) world...might check it out again sometime

  • Nick Potter's rating of the film Downriver

    Dreadful mood, somber tone, fascinating directorial debut. Not exactly easy to watch, and I'm not entirely sure where I really rest on this film as a whole, but that's not always a bad thing.

  • Loz Loory's rating of the film Downriver

    Great sound design. Great performances, especially from the lead. Pretty gritty plot, but worthwhile in its exploration of the pitfalls of charging and imprisoning children for crimes. Thought the character of the evil blackmailer was well-written. Hitchcock would be jealous. Nice summation of post-prison existence by the mother's boyfriend.

  • Slappy McGee's rating of the film Downriver

    (3.5 stars) Pretty solid debut film. A well-paced mystery that kind of unwraps itself slowly. Well shot, with a very cool sound design that adds a LOT to the film. Great performances throughout the movie. There were too many extraneous storylines and characters, but overall, it's a unique and understated thriller.

  • Erick Gonzalez's rating of the film Downriver

    This movie was characterized as a drama genre, none the less it's definitely a drama. This had some extra genre's flowing through it, with its intriguing mystery fueled thriller like feeling. The protagonist James visits the people from his past, searching for the body of a boy he killed in his youth down the river. Most of great material in my opinion was buried under the delivery and forceful confrontation .

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